B.A. (Hons) Business & Management Top-Up (validated by Newman University)
This course is awarded by Newman University.
This course is for those who have already achieved a HND, foundation degree or equivalent qualification in a business subject and wish to gain a full honours degree in business and management. You will build on your existing knowledge and develop real competence and critical judgement in a business context so you can progress within the industry.
Learning and Teaching
This course is normally a one year full-time programme based at our Digbeth campus.
A variety of learning and teaching opportunities will be available on your course, approximately 30% of your learning will include lectures, tutorials and classroom based learning, supplemented by workshop activities. Studying can include individual and group working.
Higher education courses also require students to undertake independent study and so approximately 70% of your studies will be through independent learning, research, reading and completing assessments. Independent study can also include working in the library or joining a study workshop at the College where you can gain support on study skills.
Assessment Most of your assessments are course work based, you will have one group assignment and only one exam. Presentations may be included and this could be in person or be set as a prerecorded video that you submit for marking. Assessments are designed to develop skills and reflect aspects of industry and so could be for example a live project, a case study, report, specific sector based documentation such as plans or project.
The modules you will study are:
Strategic Management (20 credits) Leadership in the 21st Century (20 credits) Dissertation (40 credits) The Global Economy (20 credits) Digital Marketing (20 credits)
The overall qualification will be graded using undergraduate degree classifications: First class, 2:1, 2:2, 3rd class, B.A. Without honours
What areas will I study?
You will study for 120 credits at Level 6 on this course. Each unit has a value of 20 credits with the exception of the Dissertation module which has a value of 40 credits.
The modules to be studied are:
Strategic Management The management of strategy involves coping with uncertainty, change and complexity. This module will provide students with the necessary managerial tools and techniques required in order to undertake a strategic analysis & review of the organisational environment. Through the use of horizon scanning and environment analysis tools, students will be able to develop a suitable plan to lead an organisation into the future.
Leadership in the 21st Century This module encourages students to consider leadership in a global context, both in terms of individual and organisational perspectives. Students will apply a range of leadership theories and models to both of these aspects of leadership within an ethical framework. In doing so, leadership will be considered in terms of the power and influence of the individual; and then in an organisational context, including values-based leadership and corporate social responsibility. With this in mind, it is anticipated the module will encourage students to approach leadership issues within the changing social context of the 21st century through a critical lens.
- Dissertation This 40-credit module provides students with the opportunity to select an area of particular interest to them within the field of business management, and to design, plan, and execute an in-depth research project in their chosen area, using a context-theory-access-measurement framework. Whilst submission is not due until the end of the second term, the module will be launched at the beginning of the first term, where students will attend a series of research methodology and methods workshops and tutorials.
Students will be required to submit a Topic Registration Form early in the first term, as part of a formative review of their research ideas, and subsequently attend a tutorial with their Supervisor, prior to the submission of their research proposal. The research design should include either qualitative and /or quantitative analyses and draw upon, and critically-evaluate, a range of both traditional and recent research findings throughout.
The Global Economy This module critically examines the economic, financial and political policy-making mechanisms that determine how world economic and financial systems operate and are governed. In particular, the module develops students’ understanding of key concepts and models relating to the creation of debt, the forms and functions of money, the international banking system, how the world economy functions, and international trade and trading patterns. In doing so, global politic-economic institutional structures are critically analysed and their effectiveness challenged in the light of political and economic turbulence, and recurring financial crises.
- Digital Marketing The widespread use of communications technology and innovations in the use of technology create opportunities for businesses. Organisations need to adopt strategies to make use of this to generate or maintain competitive advantage.
This module explores marketing using technology for business, such as the 'Internet of Things', cloud technology, social media and the implications for organisational decision making. How a business sells to modern digital markets, services and meets expectations of connected customers is a strategic decision in organisations and essential for adding value. These modern opportunities also create issues regarding the security of data, which can have implications for a business.